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the throne of David. Christ the Lord.---Lu. ii. -Is. ix. 6,7.
10, 11. See Ruth i. 1, 2, 19. iv. 17. Read 1 Sam. xvi. xvii. 12-15.
OFFERINGS TO BE MADE TO CHRIST. All they from Sheba And when they were shall come: they shall come into the house, bring gold and incense; they saw the young child and they shall show forth with Mary his mother, the praises of the Lord. and fell down, and wor- Is. Ix. 6.
shipped him: and when They that dwell in the they had opened their wilderness shall bow be- treasures, they presented fore him.
unto him gifts; gold, and The kings of Tarshish frankincense, and myrrh. and of the isles shall -Mat. ii. bring presents: the kings of Sheba and Seba shall offer gifts.—Ps. lxxii. 9, 10.
Read Psalm lxxii. Matt ii. 1-12.
JOHN THE BAPTIST TO PREPARE CHRIST'S WAY.
Behold I will send my For this is he, of whom messenger, and he shall it is written, Behold, I prepare the way before send my messenger beme.-Mal. ïïi. 1.
fore thy face, which shall
prepare thy way before thee.-Matt. xi. 10.
Behold, I will send Thy wife Elisabeth you Elijah the prophet shall bear thee a son, and before the coming of the thou shalt call his name great and dreadful day of John. the LORD:
And many of the chilAnd he shall turn the dren of Israel shall he heart of the fathers to turn to the Lord their the children, and the God. heart of the children to And he shall go before their fathers, lest I come him in the spirit and and smite the earth with power of Elias, to turn a curse.—Mal. iv. 5, 6. the hearts of the fathers
to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord. -Lu. ii.
13, 16, 17. The voice of him that In those days came crieth in the wilderness, John the Baptist, preachPrepare ye the way of ing in the wilderness of the LORD, make straight Judea, in the desert a highway And saying, Repent for our God.
ye: for the kingdom of Every valley shall be heaven is at hand. exalted, and every moun For this is he that was tain and hill shall be spoken of by the prophet made low: and the crook- Esaias, saying, The voice ed shall be made straight, of one crying in the wiland the rough places derness, Prepare ye the plain :
way of the Lord, make
And the glory of the his paths straight.LORD shall be revealed, Matt. iii. 1-3. and all flesh shall see it And if ye will receive together: for the mouth it, this is Elias, which of the LORD hath spoken was for to come.—Matt. it. Is. xl. 3–5.
xi. 14. Read Matt. üi. and Luke iii. 1–18.
CHRIST'S DIVINE AND HUMAN NATURE. Unto us a child is born, In the beginning was unto us a son is given: the Word, and the Word and the government shall was with God, and the be upon his shoulder: Word was God. and his name shall be And the Word was called Wonderful, Coun- made flesh, and dwelt sellor, The mighty God, among us, (and we beThe everlasting Father, held his glory, the glory The Prince of Peace.- as of the only begotten Is. ix. 6.
of the Father,) full of grace and truth.-John
i. 1, 14. Thou art my Son; But unto the Son he this day have I begotten saith, Thy throne, O thee.-Ps. ü. 7.
God, is for
ever and ever: a sceptre of righteousness is the sceptre of
thy kingdom.—Heb. i. 8. The LORD said unto Whose are the fathers, my Lord, Sit thou at my and of whom as concernright hand, until I make ing the flesh Christ came,
thine enemies thy foot- who is over all, God stool.-Ps. cx. 1. blessed for ever. Amen
Rom. ix. 5. Read John i. 1-14. Heb. i.
CHRIST TO BE BORN OF A VIRGIN. Therefore the LORD And in the sixth month himself shall give you a the angel Gabriel was sign; Behold, a virgin sent from God unto a shall conceive, and bear city of Galilee, named a son,
and shall call his Nazareth, name Immanuel.-- Is. vii. To a virgin espoused 14.
to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin's name was Mary.
And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.
And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS.—Lu. i. 26, 27, 30, 31.
Now all this done, that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying,
Behold, a virgin shall be with child, and shall bring forth a son, and they shall call his name Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with
us.—Matt. i. 22, 23. Read the account of Christ's Birth, Luke i. 2656 and ï. 1---40.
Now the LORD had Ye are the children of said unto Abram, In thee the prophets, and of the shall all families of the covenant which God earth be blessed.—Gen. made with our fathers, xii. 1, 3.
saying unto Abraham, And when Abram was And in thy seed shall all ninety years old and nine, the kindreds of the earth the LORD appeared to be blessed.- Acts. iii. 25. Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God